The season set a record when 132 million votes were gathered for the finale.
On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips became the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol, beating Jessica Sanchez, the first female recipient of the judges' save.
The American public decides the outcomes of the later stages through phone voting.
The judges give critiques of the contestants' performances: Grammy award-winning record producer and music manager Randy Jackson; grammy award-winning pop singer and Emmy award-winning choreographer Paula Abdul; music executive and TV producer Simon Cowell; and Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Kara Dio Guardi.
Artists like Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and Katharine Mc Phee built massively successful careers atop the foundation of their “American Idol” debuts.
The signed artists are Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, De Andre Brackensick and Heejun Han.But the drama did not end on stage and behind the scenes, Abrams was said to be so overwrought with emotion that he apparently began hyperventilating and crumbled onto the floor in the hallway.Earlier in the contest, Abrams missed one of the results show after being rushed to hospital for two blood transfusions.Abrams looked like he was going to collapse after he was saved from elimination from the judges last week.He slipped onto his knees, grabbed his heads and was trembling with disbelief at his good fortune at being allowed to stay another week.This season followed the same format as season 10, although a new title screen and logo were created, with a different font.